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FAA Rejects Republic Airways Proposal To Cut Flight-time Requirement For Pilots

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday rejected a proposal to cut in half the number of hours required to become a co-pilot.

Republic Airways, which operates short routes for major airlines like Delta, American and United, had proposed to regulators in April that pilots be allowed to join an airline after 750 hours of flight time. The proposal was made due to a significant need for pilots as carriers cut routes due to the shortage.

Civilian pilots are required to garner 1,500 hours of flight time before a pilot can get license to fly commercially, however, former military pilots can earn a limited qualification to fly airliners with 750 hours of experience.

The 1,500-hour rule was imposed in 2013 after the fatal crash that killed 50 people in New York.

The FAA said that it "continues to consider the greater public interest ensuring that the level of safety provided by the foundation of an integrated aviation education is maintained."

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